Our attorneys take a vested interest in the professional and personal development of new associates. The foundation of our success is built on teaching the next generation of attorneys the skills needed to grow and flourish, both in their legal practice and in their community. Before you arrive at Godfrey & Kahn, you'll be assigned an advisor from our formal mentoring program. Your advisor will ensure that your transition into the firm is warm and welcoming. And he or she will see to your successful development through one-on-one advising, formal training programs and hands-on experience. Through formal training opportunities like these and regular daily mentorship, you'll find yourself quickly immersed in our team-based approach and unique culture.
The Attorney Advisor Program is the firm's formal mentoring program. Before you begin as a new associate at Godfrey & Kahn, you will be assigned an Associates Committee Advisor (ACA). Your ACA will contact you prior to your arrival to make an introduction. Your ACA will generally be an off-team junior associate who works in the same office as you.
Your ACA will ensure that all of your questions are answered and that your transition into private practice at Godfrey & Kahn is a smooth one. Your ACA can also assist should you have any concerns relating to your own team, and will help introduce you to members of other practice groups.
Associates at all levels also have a Practice Group Advisor (PGA) who is responsible for assisting the associates with their development and providing them with opportunities for professional growth. The PGA is generally an on-team attorney who will monitor your workload, thereby ensuring you receive the quantity and variety of work necessary to accomplish the team's benchmarks. Your PGA will also help you to develop good working relationships with members of your practice group, including staff and other attorneys.
New attorneys in our Appleton, Green Bay and Waukesha offices will be assigned a Firm Advisor (FA) who will assist in developing relationships within the firm and outside of your practice group. Working with your PGA, your FA will also advise you about developing relationships within the community and becoming a member of appropriate professional and civil organizations.
As an attorney at Godfrey & Kahn, you will be encouraged to participate in all aspects of our success, including firm administration. Through various committees like Community Involvement, Ethics and Conflicts, Legal Education, Marketing, Recruiting, Social, and Technology, you will have the opportunity to provide input on decisions we make together as a firm. We also encourage opportunities to engage in leadership activities with the community. Many of our attorneys and staff serve on boards of directors, women's leadership organizations and more.
Godfrey & Kahn is deeply invested in the success of our communities. Our attorneys and staff regularly donate time, resources and legal services through their involvement in numerous charitable, civic and environmental organizations. We encourage our attorneys to become involved in pro bonolegal practice and community activities that will enhance their standing in the legal profession as well as in the community at large. Accordingly, the firm provides staff, financial and other support for these efforts.
- Civil and criminal court appointments
- Participation in programs that match attorneys with deserving but unrepresented persons with legal problems such as wrongful eviction, immigration issues and disputes with others
- Service as a mediator in alternative dispute resolution
- Bar activities